a vegan oasis
Posted on 11 / 18 / 2011
Sadhana Forest is a vegan volunteering community that follows its ideals to every extent possible. Â All of the food is organic from the legumes, and grains to the fruits and vegetables. Â The greens and tapioca, and some of the papaya are grown on the grounds as well. Â Food is cooked using rocket-stoves which is the most highly efficient wood-burning stove possible. Â All kitchen power is provided by solar energy too!Â
Breakfast is my favorite with lots of fresh fruit: pomegranate, papaya, sweet lime, and pineapple, with a porridge sweetened with bananas and jaggery sauce. Â Lunch is often red rice, dahl, a flavorful subji, and a tangy shredded cabbage salad. Â Coconut curries and lemon rice are popular starring dishes as well. Dinner varies a lot but my favorite is Wednesday since it's hummus night! Â Sometimes we have sweets made from tahini, date syrup, coconut flakes, and peanuts, or laddu, an Indian ragi and coconut cookie.
Every Friday night is a free tour of Sadhana Forest, a screening of a film for Eco-Film Club, and a free vegan dinner for all visitors. Â You can get a ride to Sadhana Forest by meeting at Solar Kitchen in the center of Auroville. Â
I've been volunteering here for the past two weeks and have felt extremely grateful for the quality and taste of the food. Â If you've traveled in India as a vegan you know that it can be hard to communicate about getting dishes without ghee or curd, or even fresh sanitary salads. Â Sadhana Forest is seriously a vegan oasis in India and even the world. Where else is there completely vegan community like this? Â Let me know if you find one... In any case, I highly recommend travelers to spend some time here and enjoy the home-cooked meals three times a day but at least come for Friday's dinner if you can! Â
all-natural and organic, friendly volunteers and community, beautiful community
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